The Three Major Temptations of Rural Ministry

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In rural ministry, which for many can seem like a wilderness experience, there are unique temptations that persist no matter how many times you’ve battled them. Jesus was tempted in three ways at the outset of his ministry. There are three major temptations that rural ministers and churches face…

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Called to the Wilderness – Where Scriptural Metaphor Meets Ministry

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If small town churches were their own denominational network, they would be THREE TIMES the size of the largest denomination in the land. Maybe if you’re in the wilderness, its because that’s where God has called you.

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Ministering to the Rural Homeless – If You Can Find Them

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In rural settings, homelessness is a real problem – if you can identify the rural homeless that is. Moreover, funding for state and federal dollars is often attached to the number of homeless people identified in a federally initiated annual reporting period.

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Rural Healthcare Challenges and Advent Joy

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This weekend, I learned firsthand about healthcare challenges in rural America. If there are two times a year a pastor avoids sickness, it’s Advent and Easter. This year, I have not been so lucky. The day before the third Sunday of Advent I started coughing so violently my knees buckled. To …

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